Social media ignited with #ThanksDave tributes to David Letterman as the late-night talk show host said goodbye on his final "Late Show With David Letterman" appearance on Wednesday.
"Tonight is David @Letterman's final show. What a wonderful, inspiring, hilarious, groundbreaking, amazing ride. #ThanksDave," fellow talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres said, joining the chorus of voices tweeting their veneration of Letterman.
A trend does not happen in a star-studded vacuum, however -- fans inundated Twitter with words of gratitude for his 22-year tenure on the "Late Show" and sorrow at his departure.
"I always turned to David Letterman when I needed something to make me smile, and I'll miss him greatly," BroLoch wrote.
Letterman's successor Stephen Colbert is set to take over the "Late Show" desk Sept. 8.
Some of the social media tributes included:
-- Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2015
It's absolutely absurd to thank David Letterman for all he's done in a tweet. But that's the world we live in now. #ThanksDave
- Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) May 21, 2015
Letterman is a LEGEND!! -- Saint Fancy (@fancypants723) May 21, 2015
Tonight is the end of an era. David Letterman & Rupert G's deli were a staple of my youth... -- Brandon (@WarriorotCross) May 21, 2015
Lawrence posted a final plea to Letterman on her Facebook page: